Middle-east downstairs is my favorite venue for shows in Boston hands down and on my top 5 for favorite venues that I've been to across the country (up there with Metro in Chicago, and bottom of the hill in San Francisco). Great space and good audio. Reasonable prices and top-notch location. Worth a visit.
Come for the music, stay inside for the entirety of the show if you're under 21. The artists that this venue attracts are awesome but the security are extremely professional and will not allow you re-entry if you are not 21. For most people this is not an issue, but being 19 years old, it was an moderate inconvenience. That said, the security are also very helpful for those who may be in wheelchairs or have any other physical disabilities that may prevent you from enjoying your night to full potential. Guys, if you have to take a dump, make sure you do it before the show.. none of the stalls in the downstairs venue area have doors.
Local and small touring band venue.
It's a Boston institution. Several performance spaces. A number of bars. The food upstairs is pretty good too, though it is not the best example of Lebanese cuisine I've ever had. The performances spaces are differently sized, but even the largest "the downstairs" is an intimate venue. It can get loud and hot -- but it is a club after all.
The bouncers have always been polite & professional. The bartenders are quick. It's always a good time.
Great venue for music and comedy. Open Mic for comedy is on Tuesday nights. Hosted by the very funny John Paul Rivera and the very funny Rob Crean, show is at 9 PM and goes until whenever there are no more comics. The staff at ME is exceptional. The food is always good. Great location on Mass Avenue. Check it out.
I love this place. great booking great sound. Worth the drive from anywhere in new england. Id recommend Green Street Parking Garage its a street over if you cant find parking.